The Board is committed to providing a positive and productive learning and working environment. To this end, hazing, harassment, intimidation, menacing or bullying by students, staff or third parties is strictly prohibited and shall not be tolerated in the district.
“Harassment” also includes, but is not limited to, any act which subjects an individual or group to unwanted, abusive behavior of a nonverbal, verbal, written or physical nature on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, physical characteristic, cultural background, socioeconomic status or geographic location.
“Intimidation” also includes, but is not limited to, any threat or act intended to tamper, substantially damage or interfere with another’s property, cause substantial inconvenience, subject another to offensive physical contact or inflict serious physical injury on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.
All complaints about behavior that may violate this policy shall be promptly investigated. Any student, employee or third party who has knowledge of conduct in violation of this policy or feels he/she has been a victim of hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying, menacing, or retaliation in violation of this policy is encouraged to immediately report his/her concerns to the building principal, departmental director or superintendent who have overall responsibility for all investigations. A student may also report concerns to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate district official.
Complaints against the building principal or departmental director shall be filed with the superintendent. Complaints against the superintendent shall be filed with the Board chair.
The complainant shall be notified of the findings of the investigation and, as appropriate, that remedial action has been taken.
Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion. Discipline procedures will be followed as outlined in student handbooks for the appropriate grade level. Staff whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including dismissal. Third parties whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to appropriate sanctions as determined and imposed by the superintendent or Board.
Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement officials.
The superintendent shall be responsible for ensuring notice of this policy is provided annually to students, staff and third parties and the development of administrative regulations, including reporting and investigative procedures, as needed. Complaint procedures, as established by the district, shall be followed.
Legal Reference(s): Wyoming Statute
6-2-506, 6-2-506 (a) (ii), 6-2-506 (b), 6-2-506 (b) (i), 6-2-506 (b) (iv), 6-6-301 (a), 6-6-301 (b) (i), 21-4-305, 21-4-306, 21-4-312
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. Section 2000(d)